McGraw-Hill Releases A Cure for the Common Word

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This quick-reference vocabulary handbook from K.D. Sullivan can help anyone -- from middle-school age to adult -- write or speak more effectively.

Tired of the same ho-hum words you use day after day? At a loss for how to quickly substitute synonyms that more precisely convey the meaning you intend? With A Cure for the Common Word, written by K.D. Sullivan, you can take your vocabulary from merely good to exceptionally splendid in no time (

Our brains hold an impressive vocabulary of more than 20,000 words, but many of us employ just a small fraction of them in our daily lives. That fraction is often filled with worn-out oldies that have lost their impact -- words like good and nice. A Cure for the Common Word, recently released by McGraw-Hill, helps remedy ailing vocabularies by providing more than 3,000 vibrant alternatives to the most overused words.

Inside this quick-reference handbook are more than 30 alternatives for each of the 100 most overused words in the English language. Along with a list of synonyms, each common word is accompanied by definitions, explanations as to why the word fails to communicate, sample sentences with word alternatives and meanings, and witty quotes from famous people who used the alternative words in just the right way.

A Cure for the Common Word can help people of all ages break through career and academic barriers with the art of linguistic precision. It's an ideal resource for every office, middle school, high school, college, and business school.

About the Author:
K.D. Sullivan is a small-business consultant, public speaker, and internationally recognized proofreader and editor. She has co-authored four other books: The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers and Proofreaders; The Gremlins of Grammar; The Art of Styling Sentences; and The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Spanish for Health Care Professionals, and is also the author of Go Ahead…Proof It! and the upcoming In the Driver's Seat: A Roadmap to Freelancing.

Pricing and Availability
A Cure for the Common Word (ISBN: 978-0-07-149330-7) is available for US$14.95 wherever books are sold.

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